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Anthea McIntyre MEP Visits Mereway Kitchens
UK furniture manufacturer Mereway Kitchens received a visit from Anthea McIntyre MEP this week. Anthea contacted Mereway to arrange to visit the company after learning that it had won the EEF Manufacturing Regional Award for People Management.
"During the visit Anthea made some very nice comments about Mereway," says Bob Norris, who, alongside his brother Richard, is Joint Managing Director. "She particularly emphasised the fact that it was very encouraging to see a British Manufacturer doing so well in the current economic climate."
Mereway owners Bob and Richard Norris briefed Anthea on Mereway's history and growth since the company was founded in 1986, before taking her on a comprehensive tour of the factory before introducing her to some of the employees involved in the projects for which Mereway had won the award.
The annual business awards are hosted by EEF, the UK manufacturers' organisation, and recognise excellence in enterprise, innovation, environmental performance and skills development among UK manufacturers. Mereway proudly beat a host of well-known companies including Jaguar, Land Rover and Rolls Royce to win this award.
Projects included focusing on production process, implementing lean business improvement techniques and improving factory layout to reduce waste. The company introduced a major training programme which improved employee morale and motivation, and targeted new market opportunities, implementing new branding to reach new audiences and create opportunities for growth.
"We were delighted to receive a visit from Anthea, " Bob Norris comments. "It was good
to be able to talk to an MEP who understands the problems of businesses like ours which often struggle with the amount of new legislation and red tape that comes out of Europe."
Image: Richard and Bob Norris with Anthea McIntyre MEP
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15th March 2013